| 30.07,19. 04:42 AM |
Sydney bus users can now ‘tap and go’ with credit and debit cards
No more fumbling around in the wallet for that Opal Card – your credit or debit card is now a ticket to ride on Sydney buses.
Under this new system, passengers will be able to pay via a smartphone equipped with a near-field communication (NFC) chip, linked to either card.
It follows the trial introduction of the same “tap and go” technology to Sydney trains, trams and ferries two years ago.
No more fumbling around in the wallet for that Opal Card – your credit or debit card is now a ticket to ride on Sydney buses. (9News)
The feature will be rolled out on buses over the next two months, with Visa, Mastercard and American Express all onboard with the system.
The first areas to get it include Wollongong, Seven Hills, Blacktown, the Central Coast, and the Inner West.
While traditionally using an Opal Card was the only way to earn a travel discount, weekly discounts will be made available to all credit and debit card users.
eniors however will need to continue purchasing Gold Opal Cards however in order to remain eligible for the discount.
The new feature follows the trial introduction of the “tap and go” system to Sydney trains, trams and ferries two years ago. (9News)
“This is very exciting in terms of the weekly discounts being available to everybody, particularly that $50 weekly cap,” NSW Transport Minister Andrew Constance said.
“It’s gone absolutely gangbusters in
the way in which people are using contactless payments across the Opal Network.”